Almanac: February 29, 2016

Birthdays
  • 1904 - Jimmy Dorsey (d. 1957)
  • 1916 - Dinah Shore (d. 1994)
  • 1936 - Charles Cochran (Nashville keyboard player) (d. 2007)
  • 1940 - Gretchen Christopher (Fleetwoods) (76)
  • 1944 - David Briggs (producer) (d. 1995)
  • 1972 - Dave Williams (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)
  • 1976 - Ja Rule (born Jeffrey Atkins) (40)
  • 1980 - Chris Conley (Saves the Day) (36)
Deaths
  • 1996 - Wes Farrell (songwriter) (56)
  • 2000 - Dennis Danell (Social Distortion) - Brain aneurysm (38)
  • 2008 - Mike Smith (Dave Clark 5) - Pneumonia (64)
  • 2012 - Davy Jones (Monkees) - Heart attack (66)
On This Day
  • 1944 - Jimmie Davis was nominated for the Democratic party governor in Louisiana. 
  • 1972 - John Lennon's U.S. Visa expired. It would be four years before it was renewed. 
  • 1980 - Buddy Holly's glasses worn when his plane crashed outside Clear Lake, IA were discovered in a police file. 
  • 1992 - U2 opened the North American portion of their Zoo TV tour in Lakeland, FL. 
  • 1992 - Travis Tritt joined the Grand Ole Opry. Trisha Yearwood made her Opry debut. 
  • 1996 - Status Quo sued the BBC Radio 1 for not adding their latest song to the playlist. 
  • 2000 - Eric Clapton lost his drivers license for six months due to speeding. 
  • 2000 - Elton John left his new Broadway show Aida after 15 minutes complaining about the way his music was being performed. 
  • 2000 - Sean Combs pleaded not guilty to charges of bribing a driver to say a 9mm handgun found in Combs' car was his. 
Married

  • 1976 - Michael Nesmith and Kathryn 
Released
  • 1988 - Now and Zen - Robert Plant
Awards
  • 1968 - Grammy Awards
    • Record - Up, Up & Away - 5th Dimension
    • Album - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles
    • Song - Up, Up & Away - Jimmy Webb
    • New Artist - Bobbie Gentry
    • Pop Female - Ode to Billie Joe - Bobbie Gentry
    • Pop Male - By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Glen Campbell
    • Pop Group - Up, Up & Away - 5th Dimension
    • Contemporary Female - Ode to Billie Joe - Bobbie Gentry
    • Contemporary Male - By the Time I Get to Phoenix - Glen Campbell
    • Contemporary Group - Up, Up & Away - 5th Dimension
    • Contemporary Single - Up, Up & Away - 5th Dimension
    • Contemporary Album - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles
    • R&B Female - Respect - Aretha Franklin
    • R&B Male - Dead End Street - Lou Rawls
    • R&B Group - Soul Man - Sam & Dave
    • R&B Recording - Respect - Aretha Franklin
    • Country Female - I Don't Wanna Play House - Tammy Wynette
    • Country Male - Gentle on My Mind - Glen Campbell
    • Country Duet, Trio or Group - Jackson - Johnny Cash & June Carter
    • Country Recording - Gentle on My Mind - Glen Campbell
    • Country Song - Gentle on My Mind - John Hartford
    • Folk Performance - Gentle on My Mind - John Hartford
Broadcasting
  • 1964 - Thank Your Lucky Stars (UK) - Hollies
  • 1984 - The Fall Guy (ABC) - Roy Rogers

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